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Virgin Atlantic passengers ‘weak’ on the sweltering plane, forced to stay on board two hours before the flight is cancelled

Passengers, including families returning to London from Disney World in Florida, were left in the lurch as their trans-atlantic flight to Gatwick was cancelled.

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Virgin Atlantic passengers passed out on a sweltering plane that was ultimately cancelled before their replacement flight was diverted to the wrong country in a series of the nightmare of delays.

Passengers, including families returning to London from Disney World in Florida, were left in the lurch as their trans-atlantic flight to Gatwick was cancelled about the broken air conditioning, two days ago.

But Friday replacement flight ended in chaos when the aircraft landed in London, 8: 10 am – was diverted to Shannon in Ireland after reports of smoke in the cabin.

Only one of the desperately tired passengers, Tony Redfearn, told The Sun Online how that on the plane were now desperate to come home as the trip to London and extended to at least 30 hours.

The description of the first, ultimately, cancelled flight, Tony said: “We sat on the tarmac for two hours before they cancelled the flight. They told us that there is no air conditioning on the flight and we had to get off. The ambulance had the plane and the removal of passengers who had fainted in the heat with the broken air-conditioning.”

The flight was full of hundreds of passengers, including many families who had visited Disney World Orlando, Tony said.

And today’s flight is the last straw for many, who are still waiting in Ireland for the plane to take them on for the final leg of their journey.

Describing the current flight, Tony said, “Nobody really knows what happened, it was all happening in the cockpit.”

“The pilots were really professional, they didn’t say anything to panic us, but you could see that they were worried,” he added. “They were pretty quiet about it.”

#VS50A, Orlando-London, squawking 7700 for the coast of Ireland and divert to Shannon. The reason for the detour is unknown at the moment. https://t.co/sJQnwDQCGL pic.twitter.com/kA90OC3ikF

— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) August 10, 2018

Tony, an entrepreneur who had traveled to the USA for a 10 day holiday, added travelers were “resigned” to the long distance journey home.

He said: “I live in Cornwall, so I have a four hours’ drive from Gatwick airport after this.”

Tony claimed two pilots and a crew member had to be checked for smoke inhalation after it landed this morning.

Another passenger said that she could smell the smoke, added, “Everyone just wanted to know what was going on, but the crew of the flight were brilliant. They went out of their way to make sure that everyone was OK.”

Fellow passenger Paul Albrecht, who lives in Florida, said: “The first thing that alerted me to something happening was the flight personnel were sent to their post were they were all around and you know that something is not in order.

“Nothing was said, probably for an hour and a half when she informed us there was smoke in the cabin,” he said.

He said the pilot told the passengers that he had made a mayday call during the flight, adding, “that was, of course, extremely serious.”

Paul, 59, said his two-week holiday to England had now been postponed.

The Airbus A330-300 jet was about an hour west of Ireland when the crew declared a mayday and requested permission to divert to Shannon.

The VS1050 plane was met by emergency vehicles as it came.

This article originally appeared on The Sun.

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